Are Colts QB shopping?

August 7, 2008
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peytonChad Pennington is no Peyton Manning. He’s no Jim Sorgi either. Pennington is expected to be traded or released today by the New York Jets, who just acquired Brett Favre from the Green Bay Packers.

In the next 24 hours, Colts fans could get a good indication of the severity of Peyton Manning’s knee injury. If Colts Coach Tony Dungy and team President Bill Polian think there’s even the slightest chance Manning might miss the season opener or—gasp—more than that, Polian might be tempted to pick up the phone and call Pennington’s agent. Polian isn’t about to give up anything major to acquire the nine-year veteran quarterback, but if he can pick him up cheap, he just might do so.

Yes, I know, Pennington’s arm strength is questionable, and I’m aware of his shoulder problems. But the 32-year-old Marshall graduate offers the Colts a better chance of winning than Sorgi, a career back-up player.

If Manning’s knee is healing nicely, Polian will have zero interest in Pennington, and Pennington would have as little interest in sitting behind a rock solid Manning. But if there’s a hint that Manning might not be ready to go, or that Manning’s iron-man playing streak could be interrupted at some point this season, the relationship might start to look pretty enticing from both ends.

If Pennington finds Polian on the other end of his cell phone in the next 24 hours, that’s bad news for Manning-loving Colts fans, and that would pretty much include the entire state of Indiana.

  • We're really grasping at straws here today, aren't we?

    Do they make you post something everyday? Because I can't understand why else you'd
    come up with this pablum.

    How about writing about something that's the disaster that is the new IRL TV
  • I agree with what Rick said.....^
  • I don't think the IRL could have had a bigger setback than to have most of their races shown on Versus. I'd bet 75% of people do not know what channel Versus is on.
  • Whats Versus?
  • To Rick and Todd,
    While I too like auto racing, wake up. Peyton Manning isn't going to play forever, and if you remember Marvin Harrison's situation, these little bursa sack injuries can be quite serious. The injury free streak could be over, and you can bet a smart guy like Polian is thinking about plan B. You're not going to have Sorgi be your showcase QB while showing off the spiffy new Lucas Oil Stadium.
  • To clarify, Harrison's injury was not a bursa sac injury as reported, so his injury recovery time is of no merit in comparison with Manning's. Harrison. As confirmed anonymously by Doc's at Methodist, Harrison was out due to a PCL tear which, when treated non-surgically, can take anywhere from 6wks to 6months or more to heal, dependant upon the individual and severity of the tear.

    All in all, I agree, we're grasping at straws here...oh, and Versus also has the NHL contract, so we all see how well that did for Hockey's popularity this year.
  • Who cares about the IRL or Marvin Harrison. All anyone really cares about is Peyton's health. And if he can't play, who is the quarterback that can at least march the Colts down the field for the occasional touchdown or field goal. After that, it will be up to the defense.
  • Versus is the old OLN (Outdoor Life Network)
    Comcast channel 46, DirecTV channel 603
    They mostly show MMA, Rodeo, Tour de France, NHL hockey
  • This is not a Sports column. This is a hypothetical Sports What-If collection.

    Every other article is woven with these rather baseless rants that I can't quite take seriously.

    Do you mean to tell me that Peyton Manning's Knee Injury can be accurately judged by the Colts interest or non-interest in Chad Pennington? Really? No, seriously? I'm not biting on that bait.

    We have 4 QBs on the roster and whatever happens below Manning and Sorgi is pretty much back page fodder.

    Speculate all you want, but I'd prefer to judge Peyton's knee by Peyton's knee, not some abstract what-if.

    But then again, this is the Indianapolis Business Journal, not sure why I am criticizing a Sports guy from the IBJ, that's like taking Financial advice from a Cuisine Monthly writer.
  • I'd switch to decaf if I were you. Polian may just be fishing. I
    don't doubt him any longer after he took Peyton and Edge over
    the guys who were supposed to be just as good if not better.
  • There is a difference between a sports beat writer (like what the Star has) and a sports business reporter (what the IBJ has).
  • True, but who's to say which can get the better information?
  • It depends on what information you want. If I want stories about the business side of sports the IBJ is where I would go. While the Star has business reporters and sports reporters they have not shown they do a good job covering the actual business of sports.
  • Fair enough.
  • Yeah... with 4 QB's on the roster, which is unusual for the Colts... I'm thinking that Peyton isn't going to play the opener against the Bears anyway. I started thinking this once we picked up Quinn Gray. So, who cares if the Colts were to look for Pennington... I think they're planning on Manning being out for 2 or 3 regular season games already, they just don't want to tell the media because not only is Peyton the #1 topic of sports in Indianapolis... he's right at the top of the list for national sports coverage as well.
    So, we can all speculate and hope that Manning will play... but look at the fact that we have 4 QBs on the roster... I would put money on the fact that Manning won't be playing against the Bears in the opener. I'm not saying he'll be out for the season, but even before this blog I thought he would be out for 2 or 3 regular season games because of the Colts sudden interest in QBs. And if you look at the schedule, that 3rd game is important (the Jaguars)... so, picking up Quinn Gray (from the Jags), may be a sign as well that Manning isn't planning on playing that game; and it's a game we have to win. Games 1 and 2 of the regular season aren't as important (since the Bears and Vikings are both in the NFC), but that 3rd one is very important.
    Now, don't get me wrong, I hope Manning will be playing and am a big fan of Manning... but I'm just looking at the situation. And remember, he's human, he may not be able to play every game.
  • Andrew, I'd definately keep your money in your pocket with that bold prediction. Peyton Manning WILL be the starting QB against the Bears for the opener. He is likely to even see some time in 1 or both of the final preseason games (probably the last).

    It is really not that big a surgery. You have 22 Bursa Sacs, he had 1 removed and the infection is gone. He arrived in Terre Haute a few days ago, but has yet to take the field to continue recovery on that knee. If he had lingering effects he wouldn't have left Indy.

    All reports and signs point to a smooth recovery despite the hard hitting and fast-breaking updates from your host Anthony Schoettle.
  • CreamCrimson,
    Yeah, he may be in Terre Haute... but I still think it's a PR ploy... the Colts don't want to give ESPN, Fox, local media, etc. something negative to talk about, so I think his status is just being kept hush, hush and him just being in Terre Haute is holding some of that talk down. (And it helps that Favre is the big NFL story right now as well... keeps the focus off of Manning).

    Well, again, I hope that I'm wrong and hope that I will have to fork over the money on my bet... but I'll feel better about Manning when I start to see him practicing.
  • Andrew,

    The important thing is: you don't know and neither do I. Without facts to report on, speculation breeds a substance-less debate (like the one we are having) and non-story articles being writting like this guy on The Score. I doubt Peyton came to Training Camp just as a media-ploy, but you are entitled to your opinion, right or wrong. I don't really think that way and I'm pretty sure the Colts don't either. They are a very closed organization and really don't care what the media thinks one way or the other.

    It could also just be that some things are more simplistic. Minor surgery, resting it up as much as possible, preseason is kind of a glorified practice for an experienced team anyways, and no need to rush him back. Or, sure it's all a media illusion to mask a major problem, either one (I'll stick with the first).
  • This shows how very little you know about the NFL. The Colts aren't about to go pick up a veteran QB demanding veteran QB salary that knows nothing about the Colts offense. Pennington will start at QB for the Jets and wil win games. Farve will be on the sidelines until at least the 4th week or regular season. The Colts have an excellent backup and it's not Gray or Lorenzen. Manning will be starting the Bears game and finishing it with a win. Now, quit reading gossip on message forum boards and get out of the office and get down to camp and give us some news instead of rumors to drive traffic to your blog.
  • CreamCrimson,
    I don't need to see him in a preseason game... I just would feel better if I saw him practicing at all. I agree that preseason is just glorified practice and he doesn't need to play in it. But I would feel better if he was at least practicing with the rest of the Colts at camp instead of just watching.
    And yes, I agree with you that the Colts are a closed organization and don't care what the media think.... but, they know that you still don't fuel a fire.
    So, lastly, again... I hope I'm wrong in my opinion of the situation.
  • Hey Tony, here's a newsflash for you. Pennington has been released by the Jets, so he won't in fact be starting this year in New York. Here's another newsflash, you don't trade for Brett Favre then sit him. Here's a third newsflash, no offense, but I'd stop just short of calling Jim Sorgi an excellent backup.
  • I don't think the Colts will want to absorb Pennington's contract. They don't have enough room. I believe he may go to Miami where they have some extra $$. As far as Sorgi is concerned, he will do adequate in pre-season. Granted, he's not a premier player, but he can still move the bal up the field. I suspect he could also beat the Bears if Manning is delayed a week extra. No worries. I don't think the Colts are shopping.
  • Pennington is going to Miami so please stop wasting valuable Web space talking about him coming to Indy.

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